Gene Kloss (1903-1996)

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Gene Kloss Fine Art European American Prints Etching European American Artist signatureNew Mexico was most fortunate that California native Alice Geneva Glasier married Phillips Kloss in 1924 and the couple chose to explore the Southwest United States on their honeymoon.  They both fell in love with Taos—its mountains, natural beauty, Native culture, adobe houses and the quaint plaza.  They spent the remainder of their lives there except for a brief time in Colorado that was shortened because of allergies.

Kloss had brought with her on their honeymoon a small etching press and that, along with a larger etching press purchased in Taos, set her career.  She simplified her name to Gene Kloss and over the next 70 years, produced over 600 copper plate etchings.  She never worked from photographs but sketched directly at the scene of interest.  She produced what she wanted to paint or etch without regard for financial gain although she did do well in her career.

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